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Foucault Society: Feb 21-22: Origins of Truth: Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know

Winter Conference 


We are pleased to invite you to  


Origins of Truth:

Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know


a conference presented by  


The Foucault Society

and the

 Department of Philosophy at Stony Brook University



Friday, February 21 — Saturday, February 22, 2014



Stony Brook Manhattan

387 Park Avenue South

Entrance: 101-113 East 27th Street

New York, NY 10016


Keynote Address:

“The Will to Know”

Todd May, Clemson University 


Guest Speaker:

Eduardo Mendieta, Stony Brook University


Michel Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1970-1971–the first of his annual courses–set an agenda for his intellectual journey of the 1970s and 1980s. Now published in English translation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), the Lectures open up new directions for research into power, knowledge and the “formation of discourses.”  This conference gathers a group of emerging and established scholars to offer new perspectives on the sources, themes and intellectual, historical or political contexts of Lectures on the Will to Know. What are the multiple ways that “truth” and “origins” are developed in Foucault’s work?  How do philosophy and history intersect in this text?   What is “will” in a Foucaultian context and how can we think of “the will to know” without reinstalling sovereign subjectivity?  How do Foucault’s encounters with Aristotle, Nietzsche, Deleuzeindeed, with the possibility of an origin of Western knowledge–complicate our understanding of his genealogical approach?


Please join us for two days of productive conversation with an international group of emerging and established scholars.


To register for the conference, please visit our

Eventbrite page.


For more information:




Call for Papers 

We still have space for a few additional papers. In order to fill some gaps in our coverage of the Lectures on the Will to Know, we are especially interested in papers which offer feminist, queer or critical race perspectives.


If you are working on Lectures on the Will to Know and would like to present your research–either as a full paper or as part of a more informal roundtable discussion–please send a 500 word proposal to foucaultsocietyorg@gmail.com.


Please also email us if you would like to serve as a moderator for a panel or paper presentation.


We can accept new proposals on a rolling basis until February 14. 



About the Foucault Society:

The Foucault Society is an independent, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the critical study of the ideas of Michel Foucault (1926-1984).  All of our events are open to the public. We welcome new participants who have an interest in Foucault’s work and its impact on diverse areas of inquiry, including critical social theory, philosophy, politics, history, culture, gender/sexuality studies, and the arts.


Twitter:  @foucaultsociety

E-mail: foucaultsocietyorg@gmail.com

Institutionalizing Interdisciplinarity conference Saturday, 11/12/11

Institutionalizing Interdisciplinarity | Saturday, November 12, 2011
301 Philosophy Hall


9:00am-9:30am | Welcome and Breakfast

PANEL 1: “Edutecture CU Teachers College Collaborative”
“Edutecture: Post-Representiationalist Design as Post-Modern Praxis.”

CU Teacher’s College collaborative
Blake Victor Seidenshaw (Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, Teachers College, CU)
Victoria Netanus (Sociology and Education, Teachers College, CU)
Chris Moffett (Philosophy and Education, Teachers College, CU)

Monica Patrice Barra (Cultural Anthropology, Graduate Center, CUNY)
David Backer (Philosophy and Education, Teachers College, CU)

Ethan Jucovy (Independent Scholar)

PANEL 2: “Interdisciplinarity Between Art and Science”
11:00am – 12:30pm
Disscussant: Jay Gundacker, History

John R. Blakinger, UC Berkeley
Models for Art and Science Collaboration:
Gyorgy Kepes at MIT and the Rise of Cold War Interdisciplinarity in the Visual Arts

Matthew Ramirez, UC Berkeley
Towards a Physiology of Drama: Plot Algorithms with Applications in Playwriting, Interactive Drama, and Collaborative Filtering

Robert Lewis and Matthew Luckett, Michigan State and UCLA
Cowboy morality in historical mass media: Barriers to an interdisciplinary investigation of dime novels and westward expansion

12:30pm-1:30pm | Lunch

D. Graham Burnett presenting with Artist Lisa Young
1:30pm – 2:30pm

“In Lies Begins Responsibilities: Parafiction and Interdisciplinary Practice”

D. Graham Burnett is a professor of History, Princeton University and Editor, CabinetMagazine
Discussant: Marwa El Skakry, Associate Professor, Department of History

PANEL 3: Historical Interdisciplinarities and Interdisciplinary Histories
2:30pm – 3:30pm

Discussant: Owen Cornwall, MESAAS

Arthur Dudney, MESAAS, Columbia University
“Interdisciplinarity before Disciplines, the View from Early-Modern South Asia”

Irene Plantholt, Near Eastern Languages, Columbia University
“An interdisciplinary approach towards ancient Mesopotamian medicine”

3:30pm-3:45pm | Coffee

PANEL 4: Borders, Spaces, Disciplines
3:45pm – 5:15pm

Discussant: Yohann Ripert, Department of French and Romance Philology

Lori Cole, Department of Comparative Literature, NYU
“Reading Revista de Avance Across Disciplines”

Alvram Alpert, University of Pennsylvania
“Rousseau’s Modernity and Suzuki’s Zen”

Ginger Nolan, History of Architecture, Columbia University
“‘Great Books for Fat Men’ and Simple Tests for ‘Savage Minds’: How the Humanities Made a Global Humanity”

5:15pm – 6:15pm

“On Institutionalizing Interdisciplinarity”

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor, Columbia University
Lydia Liu, Wu Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature, EALAC, Columbia University

Moderated by Stathis Gourgouris, Professor of Classics and Director, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society

The ICLS Graduate Student Planning Committee would like to thank the following departments for their generous support: GSAC, GSAPP, EALAC, History, French and Romance Philology, MESAAS at Columbia University

For more information, please visit our website: icls.columbia.edu.

Oct 21 Colloquium: "Arts of Resistance: Locating Black Women’s Philosophies"

The Foucault Society, NYC
1 Colloquium Series: New Research in Foucault Studies

Devonya N. Havis, Ph.D. “Arts of Resistance: Locating Black Women’s Philosophies”

We are delighted to announce our first colloquium of this academic year. Please join us for an evening of critical dialogue and light refreshment.

Friday, October 21, 2011

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5409
New York, NY

This paper works through Foucault to examine the parameters within which Black women’s lived experience can be intelligible as philosophy. Toni Morrison characterizes the condition of Black women in the US as one in which they have “nothing to fall back on; not maleness, not whiteness, not ladyhood, not anything.” It is at the juncture of self-invention, which simultaneously contests and resists imposed categories, that Black women’s philosophies emerge. As opposed to a static set of philosophical principles, Black women’s philosophies are more aptly described as philosophical strategies that perform ethico-political interventions–doing philosophy from the posture of critique. In evoking the notion of “doing philosophy,” the project calls attention to philosophy as a practice, or process of habituation, whereby one develops an active critical posture in which theory and action are necessary linked. My account enlists Foucault’s analytic of subjugated knowledges, takes up his elaborations on genealogy (as outlined in Society Must Be Defended), and explores his discussions of critique and the “Aesthetics of Existence.”

Speaker bio:
Devonya N. Havis
(Ph.D., Boston College) is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. Her research engages contemporary continental philosophy with critical race theory to promote social justice. Her current work develops a conception of auditory identity as a counter to the longstanding philosophical emphasis on the visual. Recent articles include “Blackness Beyond Witness” in Philosophy and Social Criticism (2010). Courses she teaches range from introduction to traditional Western philosophical concepts to explorations of the political implications of Hip-Hop theory. She is the Conference Site Coordinator for the Foucault Circle’s 2012 Annual Meeting, taking place in Buffalo on March 30-April 1.

About the Colloquium Series:
The Foucault Society’s Colloquium Series provides a forum for new research and works-in-progress, and offers an opportunity for both junior and senior scholars to share new work with a friendly and supportive audience of colleagues.

Open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated. E-mail: foucaultsocietyorg@gmail.com.

**As part of our on-going fundraiser, we will have Foucault’s The Government of Self and Others: Lectures at the College de France, 1982-1983 (Palgrave, 2010) available for purchase.**

About the Foucault Society:
The Foucault Society is an independent, nonprofit educational organization offering a variety of forums dedicated to the critical study of the ideas of Michel Foucault (1926-1984). All of our events are open to the public. We welcome new participants who have an interest in Foucault’s work and its impact on diverse areas of inquiry, including critical social theory, philosophy, politics, history, culture, gender/sexuality studies, and the arts.

Website: www.foucaultsociety.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/foucaultsociety/

E-mail: foucaultsocietyorg@gmail.com

For directions to the CUNY Graduate Center, please see: http://www.gc.cuny.edu/About-the-GC/Building-Particulars/Building-Access.

Lecture: Islamic Philosophy & Manners of Unfolding in Documentary Cinema

The Center for Religion and Media & The Center for Media, Culture and History present:

Islamic Philosophy and Manners of

Unfolding in Documentary Cinema

a distinguished lecture
by LAURA MARKS (Simon Fraser University)
Introduced by FAYE GINSBURG (NYU)

Friday, October 14th, 4-6PM

NYU Hagop Kevorkian Screening Room

50 Washington Square South at 255 Sullivan Street

Dr. Laura U. Marks is the Dena Wosk University Professor of Art and Culture Studies at Simon Fraser University. A scholar, theorist, and curator of independent and experimental media arts, she is the author of The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses (Duke University Press, 2000), Touch: Sensuous Theory and Multisensory Media (Minnesota University Press, 2002), and many essays. Several years of research in Islamic art history and philosophy gave rise to her new book Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art (MIT Press, 2010). She has curated programs of experimental media for venues around the world. Her current research interests are the media arts of the Arab and Muslim world, intercultural perspectives on new media art, and philosophical approaches to materiality and information culture. www.sfu.ca/~lmarks

This event is sponsored by The Center for Religion and Media and The Center for Media, Culture and History at NYU, and is co-sponsored by the NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies.
All events are free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.
For further information, visit
www.crmnyu.org, or please call (212) 998-3759.

Fales Lecture (3/11): Continental Philosophy & American Culture

Dear Students:

Please see below for information on a celebratory lecture on Semiotext(e), the publishing group that is credited with bringing French Theory to the US. The event was brought to our attention by Draper student Christine Woody, who works as a graduate assistant at Fales and has been processing the recently acquired Sylvere Lotringer Papers and Semiotext(e) archive for the past year.


Continental Philosophy and American Culture: Semiotext(e) between Theory, Art, and Politics – A Celebration

Thursday, March 11, 2010, 6:30 pm
Fales Library, NYU

The 2010 Fales Lecture will celebrate the acquisition of the Sylvere Lotringer Papers and Semiotext(e) Archive.


Sylvere Lotringer, co-founder of Semiotext(e), professor emeritus, Columbia University.
Bruce Benderson, writer and critic.
Gregg Bordowitz, Associate Professor, Film, Video, and New Media, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Tim Griffin, Editor, Artforum.
Avital Ronell, Professor of German, Comparative Literature, and English at NYU.

Emily Apter, Professor of Comparative Literature and French at NYU, (moderator).
Denis Hollier, Chair, and Professor of French Literature at NYU, (respondent).

RSVP to 212-992-9018 or rsvp.bobst@nyu.edu